7th Operation Dost Flight Reaches Quake-Hit Syria

India’s seventh Operation Dost flight reached earthquake-hit Syria. IAF C-17 aircraft left last night for Syria & Turkey carrying relief material & emergency equipment.

Indian Army has set up a Field Hospital at Iskenderun in the Hatay province of Türkiye. External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar said the field hospital will treat those affected by the earthquake. He said a team of Indian medical and critical care specialists and equipment are preparing to treat emergencies.

According to the External Affairs Ministry, the hospital will have a 30-bedded fully-equipped medical facility including Operation Theatre, X-ray machines and ventilators.

More than 28,000 people are confirmed to have died in Turkey and Syria in the earthquake that hit the region on Monday. More than 30,000 people sustain injuries.

The death toll is expected to rise higher as people are still stranded under rubble. Thousands are also injured in this major quake. Snow and rain are adding problems to the rescue operations as well as reducing the chances of survival of people stranded under the debris of the quake.

Rescue efforts, on the fourth day, are being conducted round-the-clock to save those still trapped under the rubble.

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